On the western tip of Holbox Island, just a few hours from Cancun, is a beautiful beach called Punta Cocos. This beach is one of the most photographed around Cancun during sunset because it is facing west (rare for a beach in Riviera Maya), and also is home to the beach hammocks that make for great silhouette pictures.

Long after the sun sets, this beach still remains popular, not for parties, but for another attraction entirely; Bioluminescence. It becomes a glowing beach, and it's amazing to see.

Bioluminescent plankton are found here in one of the highest concentrations in Mexico. The water is very shallow, and even 20 meters or so away from shore, it's still below your knees. This allows these little glowing animals go accumulate in large numbers during the summer.

We visited in May, but were told the best season to see this phenomenon was in July or August after they have had a couple months of summer heat to reproduce. It is really incredible to see. These animals use light to scare away predators. In the ocean, there's usually always something bigger that can eat you, and by lighting up whoever is trying to eat them, they can attract an even larger fish to scare their attacker away.

There are lots of beautiful islands around the Yucatan peninsula, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, But Isla Holbox, is just beginning to get popular. Come visit now, or preferably in July or August, and see one of the best light shows in Mexico.

Many of the locations I feature on this channel are undiscovered. If you go, remember to take care of these places. Respect the animals and people who live there, don't throw your trash, and have a great time.


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